70 percent of us like to be where the action is. 30 percent of us like to be where it isn’t. Is there a cultural bias against introversion? You bet.
According to the apophatic method of self-inquiry, the via negativa of the Desert Fathers, I discover who I am through a process of self-obliteration. By being unflinchingly clear about who I am not. Okay, let’s get started. I am not what I do. I am not what I have done.
We enter the natural world not for what is there—mountains, forests, streams, animals and all the rest—but for what isn’t there. Thinking. We can enter the natural world from here. Now.
To be fully human is to be fully a speck.
Be quiet. Stop ruminating.